The motion highlighting unfair Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services (AQIS) charges will be moved in the Senate Chamber tomorrow according to Senator for South Australia, Anne Ruston.
Senator Ruston’s motion – cosponsored by Senator Nick Xenophon - will highlight the more than 17 fold increase in the export certification charges from $500 to $8350 as well as how the new licensing regime discriminates against small and medium sized exporters.
South Australian Liberal Senator Anne Ruston will move to broaden a Senate inquiry into the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to examine the ABC’s obligations to provide local television news services in regional Australia.
Senator Ruston said the sudden closure of WIN Television SA’s news service this week left a void that could be filled by the ABC.
The closure of WIN News in the Riverland and Mount Gambier shows the need for an inquiry into rural and regional television services, according to Anne Ruston, Senator for South Australia.
“The decision by WIN to close these outlets means the entire south east of South Australia is without a commercial television news bulletin, which is simply unacceptable,” Senator Ruston said.